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Charlie and Steve's Excellent Adventure

Tasting the world one meal at a time

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Gluttony expedition – Centre Stage, Kobe, Japan

 Just when we thought that this great adventure was taking its final bow with the spotlight slowly dimming to cast the once bright features into shadowed shapes, a little visit to the island of Miyajima set fire to the stage for an encore to thrill the crowd. Far from the introspective amble that followed our […]

While you were working – Gap Filler, Miyajima, Japan

 One of the three best views in Japan, who makes these lists anyway, who takes considerable effort to corral such wildly subjective opinions into measurable lists? Tourism Japan does, that’s who, just like the tourism boffins in every other country around the world. Well it has worked, we’re here with an ATM full of tourist […]

While you were working – A Crowded Room, Hiroshima, Japan

 Tall stacks of aged red brick reach to the stormy sky, pillars of industry that have stood the test of time endure against the storm. Our post storm adventure takes us to Saijo, the home of sake making in Hiroshima province one day after the storm. A typhoon has hit Hiroshima but instead of delivering […]

While you were working – Orange Dreams, Osaka, Japan

 Our feet with the rubber thongs that carry too many rough traveller credits pad a little out of place on the wide paved footpath of Osaka’s central business area. Charlie’s green T-shirt has that little rip near the tag that is getting wider and wider by the country but it’s so warm at altitude while […]

Gluttony Expedition – Standards, Tado, Japan

It’s all very confusing this Japan thing, technology and culture just don’t get along, plastic single serve packaging rarely has anything to do with the warm fuzzy textures that make us human. Rounding the bend at the top of an informal cobbled pathway to the main street of Tsumago is one of those places that […]

While you were working – Counting the Cost, Tado, Japan

 There’s a definite food hangover in Aki’s house, a hectic few days of hiking, eating and sightseeing has us sitting in the lounge room in front of the biggest TV I’ve ever watched to gorge on fat toast slices with ham and egg. We were going to do a short hike today but six sore […]

Gluttony Expedition – Defining Beauty, Tado, Japan

 The band is back together, Ken doll is joining us and Aki who’s name henceforth is Barbie, for a day trip to Ise and the grandest, most important Shinto shrine in Japan, Ise Jingu. With amazing grace and beauty preserved in Japan at every turn it can be hard to know exactly where to look, […]

While you were working – Please Rewind, Tado, Japan

 Love the sinner, hate the sin; that’s how the saying goes I believe. We love this mountain climbing thing but there’s no avoiding it, this 2:45am wake up is an abomination of biblical proportions. It’s not an abomination in the gay sex, eating shellfish or wearing different fabrics at once kind of way, that just […]

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